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Gov-elect: North Carolina will repeal LGBT law on Tuesday

Roy CooperNorth Carolina legislators will repeal the contentious HB2 law that limited protections for LGBT people and led to an economic backlash, the state's incoming governor said Monday.

Gov.-elect Roy Cooper made the announcement shortly after the Charlotte City Council voted to repeal its own local ordinance enacted in early 2016. It was that ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.


Former Fort Worth cop exonerated on 1994 rape conviction

Forth Worth cop exonerated after 1994 year rape convictionA former police officer in Texas was acquitted of rape charges at retrial after spending 21 years in prison following his initial conviction in 1994.

Brian Franklin, who was a member of the Fort Worth, Texas, police department, was exonerated Friday after a jury deliberated for only a few hours, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Franklin was granted a second trial after relatives of the then-13-year-old girl came forward to say she confided in them days after Franklin's arrest that she had made up the story. He was released from prison pending the outcome.

The accuser, who was the child of Franklin's friend, admitted in a hearing in 2014 that part of what she said at trial in 1994 was untrue. Still, she remained adamant Franklin raped her as a young girl.


Dr. Heimlich, Creator Of Live-Saving Maneuver, Dies

Dr. HeimlichHe's credited with saving the lives of people who are choking, thanks to the method he popularized in 1974. Now comes word that Dr. Henry Heimlich has died at age 96.

Heimlich died early Saturday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to Bryan Reynolds, spokesman for Episcopal Retirement Services, which operates the retirement home where the physician lived for years.


Chemical leak reported week before Corpus Christi public was warned

Chemical leak known a week before warningA chemical leak from an asphalt plant that led Corpus Christi officials to warn its 300,000 residents not to drink the water this week was apparently reported a week earlier, according to an email from a state environmental official.

The internal email sent Wednesday by Susan Clewis, a regional director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, contained an incident report that described the leak as a "backflow incident from a chemical tank impacting the public water system." It was reported Dec. 7 at a plant run by Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions.


Princeton U suspends men’s swimming and diving team’s season over ‘misogynistic and racist’ comments

Princeton swimming team suspendedPrinceton University has suspended the rest of the men's swimming and diving team's season after school administrators discovered that members had posted "vulgar and offensive" material on the team's electronic mailing list.

A statement released by Princeton on Thursday did not disclose specifics but said the "misogynistic and racist" comments involved the women's swimming and diving team.


FBI backs CIA report on Russian interference: report

FBi backs CIA on Russia hackingThe FBI supports a CIA assessment that Russia deliberately attempted to intervene in the election to help President-elect Donald Trump win, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Both FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stand by the CIA assessment, the report said.

“Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” CIA Director John Brennan wrote in a message to staff, according to the report.


Amid outcry, N.C. GOP passes plan to curb Democratic governor’s power

Roy CooperIt's an open question what the courts will make of these changes, said UNC law professor Michael Gerhardt. It's notable, he said, that McCrory never said over the last four years: “I think I'm too powerful and you should look for ways to weaken my office.”

The last time GOP lawmakers called a high-profile special session, in March, they ended up ramming through one of the state's most controversial laws in recent memory: a bill limiting what public bathrooms transgender people can use and municipalities' ability to pass anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people.


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